By Pastor Nikki Ragush
Recently, I have been on a working out kick and it began after I signed up for a gym membership. Exercise has always been an important aspect of my life, likely because I struggle to stay still for too long. Like many women I went to Pinterest right away and looked at the ‘Health & Fitness’ section scrolling through cute little pins, and I found this picture that says “a one hour workout is 4% of your day”. Quickly, I felt a little guilty when I skipped a workout because 4% seems like such a small amount. But, that 4% can also be attributed to the time I spend in my spiritual life. There are several parallels that I find when I compare my spiritual training alongside with my physical training.
1. You don’t see results in one day. Whether I want to get six pack abs or live a Godly life I can’t just make it happen in one day it takes time and dedication. (Philippians 1:6)
2. You must push yourself if you want results. We are warned against becoming ‘lukewarm’, if we cease to strive toward Jesus then our relationship with Him suffers. (Revelation 3:15-16)
3. The little things matter. In our physical training the form we use, the food/water we ingest, and the routines we do make a difference. Similarly, in our spiritual training the way we connect to God, the Scripture that we read (Matt 4:4), and the routine we create with Christ makes a difference.
4. You can see the results. Our bodies change when we begin to consistently workout. Our spirit also changes when we work on those different disciplines, when we seek God you can see fruit in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23)
So, now I have this quote in my mind “a one hour workout is 4% of your day”. Whether this is a physical workout, a musical workout, a mental workout, or my spiritual workout, I must train if I desire to grow.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.